Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) today voted for a comprehensive economic stimulus package that extends unemployment benefits, bolsters job training programs, invests in infrastructure projects, accelerates the development of renewable energy, and repairs our crumbling schools.
"This package is a win-win for the American people," Hare said. "It will address many of the great challenges facing our nation while creating thousands of good-paying jobs in the process."
For workers who lost their jobs through no fault of their own, the bill provides an additional 7 weeks of unemployment compensation and $500 million for job training and placement. "We have lost over 600,000 jobs this year alone," Hare said. "People are hurtingand they deserve our help."
The bill provides $12.8 billion for our nation's aging highways and bridges, $5 billion to invest in water resource infrastructure and improve flood protection, $3 billion to repair crumbling schools, and $500 million to invest in renewable energy. "This economic stimulus package is tailor made for the people of my district," Hare said. "In one fell swoop, we can create jobs, help modernize the levy system along the Mississippi, rebuild local schools, repair our highways and bridges, and lower skyrocketing gas prices."
Hare urged both the Senate and President Bush to support this economic stimulus package. "For every one dollar we invest in infrastructure, five dollars in economic development is returned," he said. "At a time of recession, this is exactly the right thing to do."